The family medicine residency at Marshall University offers trainees the opportunity to participate in a targeted track dedicated to lifestyle medicine, a growing trend in medical residency education and the practice of primary care.
Lifestyle medicine is a medical specialty that uses therapeutic lifestyle interventions as a primary modality to treat chronic conditions including, but not limited to, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Lifestyle medicine certified clinicians are trained to apply evidence-based, whole-person, prescriptive lifestyle change to treat and, when used intensively, often reverse such conditions. Applying the six pillars of lifestyle medicine—a whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern, physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connections—also provides effective prevention for these conditions.
While evidence shows lifestyle to be a critical factor in chronic disease, to date there have been inadequate levels of lifestyle-related training in medical and other related schools to help patients make healthy lifestyle changes.
The Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum (LMRC) consists of both educational and practicum components and is a comprehensive, applicable and flexible curriculum that included residents in every aspect of its creation.The program will allow participants to complete:
Upon completion of the entire curriculum, residents will be qualified to sit for the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine certification exam.
Learn more at lifestylemedicine.org/residency-curriculum.
Tammy Bannister, MD
The program is based out of the Marshall University Medical Center, located at 1600 Medical Center, Huntington, WV, 25701.
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